Visitors from Abroad at SSHL (Director’s Blog)

UK universities at SSHL 2016

It was wonderful to see so many students interested in the visit last week by some of the top British universities. We really appreciate it when universities come to visit us. It gives students an insight into the world of opportunities out there and something to really aim for with their studies.

We’re very lucky that during the course of the academic year a range of universities visit the school both from Britain and the US.

As well as the visits from speakers, we also run a number of talks during the year to help students put together their applications for foreign universities. Unlike here in Sweden, students have to write personal statements or submit extra work when applying. At SSHL we strive to ensure that our students are as fully prepared as they can be should they wish to study abroad.

In the last couple of years our graduates have gone on to study at such universities as Brown, Yale, NYU in the last couple of years in the US and a variety of places in the UK like UCL, Kings, Imperial and Exeter University.

Although the UK voted for Brexit earlier in the year, we don’t see this having a major impact on our students applying to study in the UK. Sweden has a long tradition of sending students to Britain and our guests always speak warmly about Swedish students.

In keeping with the visit from foreign universities, it was a pleasure to interview Lucy Parsons for the podcast last week. Lucy gave some very useful insights into applying to Oxbridge (the universities of Cambridge & Oxford) as well as sharing some of her best tips.

If you have not listened yet, I encourage you to do so.

A Visit from the IB

This week the MYP programme at SSHLis being inspected by the IB. This takes place every five years and is one of the ways in which both the IB and SSHL are able to assure parents and students of the quality of our international programmes. The IB representatives are here not just to help us ensure quality, but also to help us to continue developing and improving our school.

Staff from the IB will be talking to students, teachers and looking at the facilities on offer.

We strongly believe in the MYP at SSHL because it aims to develop active learners and internationally-minded young people who can empathize with others and pursue lives of purpose and meaning.

The programme really empowers students to inquire into a wide range of issues and ideas of significance locally, nationally and globally. And as a result, students that take the MYP programme are often very creative, critical and reflective thinkers.

Very best wishes,
Margret Benedikz, Director